The glory of God, overhead!!!
Lights for friends – 4K realtime northern lights
“After 10 long years he sold a painting.”
“Will we still make our art even if no one is watching?”
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In a world obsessed with views, likes, and viral hits, it can be discouraging to feel like no one is paying any attention to the art you make. If that describes your photography, then you should watch this fantastic 10-minute video essay titled “Painting in the Dark: The Struggle for Art in A World Obsessed with Popularity.”
In it, Adam Westbrook of Delve takes a look at the life and work of Vincent van Gogh. Although he is now one of history’s most celebrated artists, Van Gogh struggled through years of poverty and obscurity during which no one cared about his efforts.
Westbrook shares how Van Gogh started painting relatively late in his life: he was 27 when he completed his first painting, and he knew very little about art at the time.
It would be another 10 years before he sold his first painting, so Van Gogh spent a decade painting with no audience except for his younger brother. During this time, Van Gogh constantly struggled to make ends meet, and he would often write about how hungry he was. …
..despite all the challenges he experienced, he was extremely prolific: in his short career that lasted about a decade, he created roughly 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches — that’s an average of 200 pieces per year, or 1 every 1.825 days.
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What they don’t say:
“He was deeply religious as a younger man and aspired to be a pastor. From 1879 he worked as a missionary in a mining region in Belgium where he sketched people from the local community.”
“After years of anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness he died aged 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” (source)
So maybe Van Gogh should have sought God until he found Him, instead of trying to keep painting….
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The Long Game Part 3: Painting in the Dark
Breathtaking, really special, real-time aurora footage that includes lovely music, a shooting star and a wolf howling (after the credits).
Todd nailed the exposure too! Some are shot too hot, which blows out some of the brighter lights.
Vimeo version here
I don’t know of anything in nature that shows the glory of God as awesomely as the Northern Lights.
Give God glory!!!!!!!
4K Real-Time Auroras by Todd Salat
Published on Nov 12, 2015
**** PIXELATION ALERT ***** For some unknown reason this version of my video has become pixelated after I uploaded it to YouTube. I also have a smoother version 2 posted at the top of http://www.aurorahunter.com.
Night 11 of the Aurora Hunt was The Night! Here’s an 8-minute video containing my 1st ever real-time aurora footage shot with the Sony A7s II mirrorless camera (with Nikkor 24mm/f1.4 lens). This is the ACTUAL SPEED the northern lights were dancing. I was on a 2-1/2 week aurora hunt which took me 750 road-tripping miles from my Anchorage home to the Brooks Range of Northern Alaska. November 1, 2015 was scary windy with snowdrifts forming on the Haul Road but the aurora explosions that filled the sky were fantastic! I’ve been aurora hunting for a living since 1997 and this blew me away. Hope you enjoy.
Cheers, Todd ~ AuroraHunter.com
Todd also said this in a comment on his Facebook page:
“I started the 11 day count when I departed from Anchorage. A few days to Fbx, then a couple days up the Haul Rd to Coldfoot. Then I truck camped a couple nights north of Wiseman along the Dietrich River (beautiful!). Drove up and over Atigun Pass and camped toward Galbraith Lake out by Toolik Field Station. That’s where the North Slope begins. I’ve driven the 100+ mile leg up to Prudhoe/Deahorse but not this time. I prefer the rough & rugged topography of the Brooks Range….although if you’re looking for caribou & muskox the Slope is good for that. When I start to run low on gas & camper propane I make my way back south and celebrate and top off my reserves in Coldfoot Camp. This truck stop is a lot more inviting when coming home than when you’re going up. …”
Many of David’s ~600 images require 15 hours in Photoshop — plus all of the thought and research prior!!
His coffee table book is just in time for Christmas and only $23: ddees.com
Humanity VS The Banksters — The Political Art of David Dees
Published on Dec 2, 2015
Political Activist Artist David Dees joins me to discuss his prolific work which is aimed directly at the heart of the New World Order powers and corporations which are hell bent on destroying humanity.
Visit David’s site at ddees.com and order his coffee table book for only $23 plus $5 shipping – and he’ll autograph any copy purchased through December 5th!
**All artwork in this video used with the expressed written permission of the artist.**
From: The Telegraph
Researchers from California University in Berkeley say studies show great nature and art boost the immune system
Great nature and art boost the immune system by lowering levels of chemicals that cause inflammation that can trigger diabetes, heart attacks and other illnesses.
In two separate experiments on more than 200 young adults reported on a given day the extent to which they had experienced such positive emotions as amusement, awe, compassion, contentment, joy, love and pride.
Samples of gum and cheek tissue – known as oral mucosal transudate – taken that same day showed those who experienced more of these – in particular wonder and amazement – had the lowest levels of the cytokine Interleukin 6 which is a marker of inflammation.
Psychologist Dr Dacher Keltner, of California University in Berkeley, said: “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests the things we do to experience these emotions – a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art – has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”
Cytokines are chemicals necessary for herding cells to the body’s battlegrounds to fight infection, disease and trauma but too many are linked with disorders like type-2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s.
Geoengineering Earth, Exposing The Global Climate Modification Assault ( GeoengineeringWatch.org )
Published on Sep 17, 2015
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Governments around the world have long since fully deployed global climate engineering on a scale that cannot truly be comprehended. They decided (without public knowledge or consent) that they had the right to use the atmosphere of our planet to serve their own agendas which amount to nothing less than weather and biological warfare. On August 14th, 2015, there was a major event in Northern California that was organized for the purpose of exposing and halting the global climate engineering programs that are decimating our planet and the entire web of life. Numerous experts spoke out at this event including attorneys, former government scientists, a former defense industry technician, former military personnel, a prominent Northern California Neurologist, and a CEO for one of the largest environmental and engineering consulting firms in the world. Approximately 1000 people attended this event. http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/ma… The video below is the primary PowerPoint informational presentation given at the event, “Engineering Earth, Exposing The Global Climate Modification Assault”. This presentation was given by Dane Wigington, lead researcher for geoengineeringwatch.org. The emcee for this important event was John B. Wells, radio host for the highly acclaimed “Caravan to Midnight” show. John works tirelessly toward revealing the truth for the common good. His participation in the Northern California event was of immense benefit to the cause of exposing geoengineering. My deepest appreciation to John, to all the speakers that participated and shared their knowledge, to each and every activist that contributed countless hours, and of course our gratitude to all those that attended the event. Individuals came from locations as far away as Valdez Alaska and St. Louis Missouri.
Really interesting and well executed DR comparison, recommended by Luminous Landscape.
Sony A7r II Pt 1 – Dynamic Range Compared
Published on Sep 15, 2015
Michael Tapes takes a comprehensive look at the image quality of the Sony A7r II hi-resolution ILC camera, as compared to the Canon 5DsR and 1Dx, as well as the Nikon D810
August used to be the wettest month.
The sogginess thwarted my fall photography plans– arghh! The colors never popped. Except the sky was pristine blue, after having as many as 600+ fires in Alaska at one time, this summer.
The official September precipitation numbers are in! If you thought this month was rainier than normal in Anchorage, you’d be right. September 2015 is officially the wettest September on record for Anchorage. The new monthly record of 7.71″ replaces the previous record of 7.61″ that was set in 2004. The average September precipitation is 2.99″.
With an annual total of 15.01″, more than half of this year’s precipitation so far has fallen in September alone.
This is also the third wettest month in Anchorage since records began, with only August 1989 (9.77″) and August 1997 (8.37″) experiencing more precipitation.
This week’s storm dropped an official total of 2.8″ of snow at the airport. That accounts for all of this month’s snowfall and makes this September the fourth snowiest September on record.
Another article that I found two days later, after it had rained 14 days in a row. The chart shows how I got spoiled, photographing the fall colors in 2011:
September 15, 2015
A wet Tuesday in Anchorage marked the 12th day in a row that the city has seen measurable rainfall, with more precipitation on the way, according to the National Weather Service. The rain has pounded Alaska’s largest city and has already surpassed the monthly rainfall average for September — and is expected to continue for at least another week.
On average, the NWS says, Anchorage sees 2.99 inches of rain during the month of September.
“Now, (on Sept. 15) we’re at 3.27 inches and raining very hard,” National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Wegman said around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
This is the fourth consecutive year Anchorage has seen higher-than-average rainfall totals.